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“St. Croix is a poverty stricken ghetto slum!”
Review of St. Croix

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bowling green kentucky
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
127 helpful votes
“St. Croix is a poverty stricken ghetto slum!”
Reviewed September 3, 2010

I really don't understand how anyone who has been here can give it a good review! The entire island is a slum. Bars on the windows of fast food restaurants, rats frolicking on the roads. It is nothing but government projects everywhere! The locals are so rude and it is so unsafe! I have never felt so uneasy anywhere else. You just feel like your getting ready to be robbed at any moment. There are billboards up everywhere about AIDS clinics and STD's. We booked a 15 night trip at Sugar Beach. It was horrible. The security guard was creepy, it literally sits in the middle of the projects, the beach was the worst I seen on the island. We drove to Fredriksted and witnessed several drug deals happening on the main strip. Bums laid out everywhere on the island asking for money. We ended up leaving after a week and going to St. Thomas and St. John's. I was looking forward to a laid back island experience. That's not what St. Croix is. It's poverty. It's a shame because it could have alot of potential with the history and natural beauty of the carribean. I couldn't believe that the US would let it go to waste. It was literally like being in a third world country, not the US. The Buck island tour was nice as was our horseback riding ( it wasn't with Paul and Jill.) The actual Pier was beautiful and the ocean by the Pier and Rainbow Beach was jaw droppingly beautiful (but you had to walk through the homeless people and drug deals to get there). It also had good snorkeling but it wasn't worth the fear. The entire island is so rundown. I really don't understand how people could see the same Island I did and think it was great. Your supposed to be able to relax on vacation, not be on high alert and constantly worried for your safety. Anywhere would be better than St. Croix

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St. Louis, MO
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
125 helpful votes
“So You're Thinking About St. Croix”
Reviewed August 10, 2010

I didn't really know what to expect going to St. Croix, but hopefully this helps others to make a decision.

St. Croix is a beautiful, relatively small, laid-back island. It used to be mostly Dutch sugar plantations, but now it's a resort island that makes rum.

What to Expect - The island is small, so don't expect the same things you would in your great metropolis. Streets are rough at times, Kmart seemed to be the biggest store, and prices are higher than in the States.

Why Go There - It's a charming, relaxing, beautiful island (with great beaches at the hotel we stayed at - The Buccaneer) and colorful houses dotting the hillside

Activities - Snorkeling and other water sports, Cruzan rum distillery, a Botanical Garden, a rainforest, and shopping and dining in Christiansted.

Restaurants - I had some good meals, which is surprising for such a small island

Shopping - Not really a lot there

Nightlfe - Not a lot either. (I'm not saying there's none though) The hotel had a bar, but I would say the island is geared more for a sunrise to sunset mentality.

Christiansted - It's a cool, little town. Great to go walking around during the day, get a few drinks, and do some shopping. There are a few good dinner restaurants there like Savant and Tutto Bene.

Fredericksted - Kind of a sleepy town the first time we went there. We went back there when the cruise ship came in, and there were vendors and drummers and dancers.

Cane Bay - A good place to watch the sunset and have some pizza (Off the Wall)

Other areas - We went east and ate on the waterfront (Duggan's Bay) one night. It was nice.

Should You Drive? - I would say for most people - yes go ahead and get a car. More specifically a Jeep because you'll encounter all kinds of crazy terrain that needs something rugged. Driving is on the left hand side of the road, so that takes a little getting used to. Most of the driving will be pretty slow, so you don't have to worry that much. Finding your way around the island takes a bit of practice. Street signs are not at the intersections, and most roads just merge into others, so you have to pay attention to the road signs (if there are any!) Driving at night can be tricky, but if you've ever driven in the country at night, you should be okay. You'll need your bright lights at times, and some drivers have the annoying habit of leaving their brights on and blinding you on the curvy roads.

Having a car gives you a lot of freedom to escape from your hotel and go to the store, or go to dinner or go exploring during the day.

Why Should You Go There? - If you want to see a Caribbean island, hang out on the beach, drink some rum punch, and take a few side excursions to places like Christiansted, Buck Island, or the Botanical Garden, and maybe hang out at your hotel bar at night, then you should go. It's laid-back and romantic.

Who Would not Like this Island? - People who want something very metropolitan. If you like the latest, greatest hotels, fancy shopping, and all-night nightlife, then this is not the place for you.

Recommendations - I would recommend staying at a good hotel so you have access to a nice beach, bar, food, and some night activities. We didn't stay up too late, but it was nice to wind down after dinner with a few drinks and listen to a live band.

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Prague, Czech Republic
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
159 helpful votes
“Island Vacation”
Reviewed August 8, 2010

We visited St. Croix in early August 2010. This was our first experience on an island in the Virgin Islands. It is a different type of place than we expected, but after we got used to it, we really enjoyed our 10 stay. Visitors have to relax and go with the flow. Sometimes places are closed, roads don't have good signage, maps are terrible and locals don't give good directions; but, you can look at it as an adventure!
The water is amazing--warm and relaxing. There are no crowds in July/August and we didn't wait at any restaurants either. At the beaches, there are no big waves like in the states, so be prepared for that. There were a few times when we did not feel safe, but, if you stay together and watch out, I think you will be fine. Our condo was not in the best location, but we did fine. Be prepared to pay more for food at the grocery store and at restaurants. If you want to feel like you've really gone away, go to St. Croix. It's nice that it's a US territory and you are still using American dollars.

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3 Thank susandX5928KY
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“Scuba diving in St Croix”
Reviewed June 24, 2010

Dive Experience continues to provide an excellent scuba diving experience on the north coast of St Croix, USVI. Michelle and her crew provide excellent service and a very enjoyable experience in some of the most beautiful dive sites in the caribbean. I'm having a great time! Today - two turtles, baby eel, sea horse and 2 sting rays.

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Thank Megan020
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Mesa, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
58 helpful votes
“The "Unforgettable" Virgin”
Reviewed June 12, 2010

While the people pour of the cruise ships in St. Thomas and the eliteget pampered in St. John....I was enjoying beautiful and pastoral countryside and wide open spaces. I was snorkling at one beach after another. And enjoying the company of some of the nicest, most congenial people I have ever met! Granted a visit in June means quiet. Fredricksted was more or less shut down but Christiansted was lively enough to be fun but quiet enough to be restful. Our drive from Point Udall to Fredricksted took exactly 45 minutes on nicely paved roads with beautiful scenery (with the exception of Hovensa Refinery, of course). Our snorkling at "The Wall" and Buck Island very good (for reefs destroyed by Hugo). As two women travelling together, we never felt scared or threatened and, in fact, the people of St. Croix went out of thier way to be accomodating and helpful! Loved St. Croix....all of it.

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